West Virginia hires Troy's Neal Brown as next coach


Quick speculation head coach Dana Holgorsen would leave for the University of Houston came to fruition earlier this week, and after conducting multiple interviews West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said he hoped to have a new coach in place by the weekend. Like Holgorsen, Brown comes from Air Raid roots in his coaching tree, but his teams at Troy were not of the Air Raid variety. He signed a six-year, $19 million contract with WVU. In four seasons at Troy, Brown has compiled a record of 35-16, including three straight bowl wins and a 2017 Sun Belt Championship. Now, the Trojans are looking for just their third coach since 1991. He made national headlines that year when Troy stunned No. 22 LSU 24-21 in a night game at Baton Rouge. It was the Trojan's first-ever road win over a Power 5 school and eventually led to the the program's (and the Sun Belt's) first ever appearance in the AP Top 25. They were built more on physicality on both sides of the ball, and Brown's Troy teams ran the ball more often than they passed.

Brown returned to United Kingdom in 2013 as Mark Stoops' first offensive coordinator. He also was an offensive assistant at Troy (2006-07), DE (2005), Sacred Heart (2004) and UMass (2003, where he also played in 2001 and 2002).

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Brown, 38, is one of the promising young coaches in all of college football. While in Lexington, he was coached by Hal Mumme and Mike Leach.